Why You Get Lower Fuel Economy in the Winter
Many people wonder why their vehicle’s fuel economy suffers significantly in the winter. Although there are many theories out there, the real reason you’re fuel efficiency is lowered is because the temperature is lower. Below are a few explanations for why this happens.
Due to the cold temperature, you’re car takes time to warm up. Although many people believe that it takes a few minutes to warm up your vehicle, it actually only takes about sixty seconds and the additional time you sit there idling is just wasting fuel. Over time, this can make a significant difference in your gas mileage.
Winter tires are another reason for lower fuel economy. Although they are much safer, they are also cause more resistance than regular tires. As a result, your vehicle has to work harder and your fuel efficiency suffers. As well, winter blend gasoline can also effect the gas mileage, but to a smaller degree.
All in all, all these issues are caused by the colder temperature. If it were warm out, none of these issues would occur and your vehicle’s fuel economy would not suffer.
Patrick Britton – Guest Blogger